How to fix error 0xc0000260 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Have you faced the error 0xc0000260 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview? This article tells you what is error 0xc0000260 and how you can fix it.

On 29th Feb 2012, Windows 8 Consumer Preview was launched. Many users are satisfied with this new OS but want to update their systems with the forthcoming Windows 8 OS. On running or installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview, different systems faced different errors. Some systems worked well without any issues while some systems showed errors due to general setting.

0xc0000260 is one error on Windows 8 Consumer Preview that we would like to discuss here. If you have come across this error, then we will help you understand how you can fix it yourself.

How to trouble shoot error 0xc0000260 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Go to the VMware settings under System tools and enable CPU PAE / NX. Make sure it is marked on the Processor tab. If not, check the box. It is also necessary that you adjust CPU (64 bit mandatory) on the host, the VT-X support.

In the Vbox, you will find PAE / NX system. Choose processor. Go to Display and tick the 2D and 3D options in Video tab.

Once all this is done, press OK and run your Windows 8 again. This time, it should work without any error.

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Guest Author: aimansaad01 Mar 2012

Thank you very much, it works for me

Guest Author: Rick Desautels01 Mar 2012

I have been using VMware for years and many versions. There is no such thing as Sytem Tools.

Guest Author: jamesl02 Mar 2012

And what happens if you get this message on physical hardware? I've tried this on a T42p, which from all the places I've looked for specifications is quite capable on running WIndows8.

Guest Author: Rac12303 Mar 2012

I'm trying to install on Dell 700m and I get this error (not in VM). There's no solution to this yet.

Guest Author: Derek Read06 Mar 2012

@Rick Desautels: He's talking about Virtual Box, not VMWare. In Virtual Box there is a System menu and a checkbox for "PAE / NX" for the CPU. In my release the checkbox is in Machine > Settings. Then in the Settings dialog that appears you select "System" from the leftmost list of items. On the right side you then select the Processor tab. On that tab there's a checkbox under "Extended features" labelled "Enable PAE/NX" (the help description states: "When checked the Physical Address Extension (PAE) feature of the host CPU will be exposed to the virtual machine".

Note that you must shut down (power off) the VM before you can make these types of changes to the VM.

Guest Author: Trevor12 Aug 2015

I'm trying to install windows 10 ON A REAL COMPUTER and not a virtual machine. I get this error. Please help me how to resolve the error 0xc0000260.

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